Reds Re-Sign Slugging Outfielder Jonny Gomes

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Gomes Contract With Cincinnati Actually A Major League Deal

Updating his previous report, Mark Sheldon now says that Jonny Gomes signed a one-year Major League contract with a 2011 option. The financial commitment on Cincinnati's part only serves to confirm that Gomes is the front-runner to get the most playing time in left field.

A number of teams were rumored to have interest in Gomes during the offseason, but Xavier Nady landing in Chicago took away the strongest suitor, and ultimately Gomes was able to return to his previous employer. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Edinson Volquez was placed on the 60-day DL.

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Gomes Returns To Cincy On Minor League Deal

Earlier this morning, we discussed Jonny Gomes' re-signing with the Reds. Now we have a little more information, as Mark Sheldon says his contract is a minor league deal.

This fact doesn't really change a whole lot - Gomes is still the favorite to gather the most at bats in left field. The Reds simply had a full 40-man roster, and signing Gomes to a minor league contract allows them to bring him in without kicking anyone off. What this allows them to do is wait a little while and observe the spring before deciding who stays and who goes from the 40-man, and on the off chance that Gomes fails to impress, the Reds won't be out a significant amount of money.

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Reds Re-Sign Slugging Outfielder Jonny Gomes

Nominal outfielder Jonny Gomes is returning to Cincinnati just months after being non-tendered, says John Fay. He will complete his physical today, after which the deal will be official.

Gomes had a big year for the Reds in 2009, slugging 20 home runs in 98 games while posting an OPS of .879. He also put up a .941 OPS in AAA prior to being called up in late May. By coming back, the righty becomes the immediate favorite to pick up the majority of at bats in left field, presumably as the right-handed half of a platoon with Chris Dickerson. Pushed down the depth chart is Wladimir Balentien, who showed some promise after coming over from Seattle midseason.

The problem with Gomes, aside from his tendency to strike out, is that he has poor range in the field. His limited mobility costs his team runs, runs he doesn't necessarily make up at the plate. While he was productive a year ago, his OPS is just .801 for his career and .794 since 2007, and he'll need to sustain his 2009 gains if he wants to make any kind of positive overall contribution. A fine role player, one can nevertheless question the wisdom of choosing Gomes over the much younger Balentien, who offers a similar skillset and more room to develop.

See what Reds fans are saying at Red Reporter.

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